Theatre Arts students stage ’13’ in Derby

13%20image Theatre Works and Second Year Theatre Arts students, part of Derby Theatre and the University of Derby, is presenting Mike Bartlett’s 13 in the Main House at Derby Theatre from May 15-17.

An identical, terrifying dream haunts Londoners in the midst of economic gloom and ineffective protest. While the Prime Minister, Ruth, considers preventative war, a young man named John returns home with a vision for the future.

However, not everyone is happy to see him return. He is a threat.

When John begins giving speeches to the people they soon grow restless. Riots break out, protesters flood the streets and trolleys unexpectedly fly through bank windows.

Dark events begin to unfold, John’s followers hanging on his every word, some giving them a meaning of their own with dire consequences. Coincidences, omens and visions collide with political reality in this epic new play by the award winning Mike Bartlett.

Set in a dark and magical landscape, it depicts a London both familiar and strange: A London staring into the void.

Mike Bartlett is currently Associate Playwright at Paines Plough.

In 2011 he was Writer-In-Residence at the National Theatre, and in 2007 he was Pearson Playwright in Residence at The Royal Court Theatre. His play Love, Love, Love won Best New Play in the 2011 Theatre Awards UK, Cock won an Olivier Award in 2010 for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, and he won the Writer’s Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for Not Talking and the Old Vic New Voices Award for Artefacts. Mike also has numerous other playwriting credits in TV, radio and theatre.

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